Chlamydophila abortus (formerly the abortion subtype of Chlamydia psittaci) is an obligate intracellular pathogen and is an important cause of late gestation abortions in ruminants. In the United Kingdom, and countries of Northern Europe, it is the most common cause of abortion in sheep and goats. C. abortus also represents a threat to human health because it can cause zoonotic infections; pregnant women who are exposed to infected animals are also at risk of abortion and life-threatening illness
The C. abortus strain S26/3 genome is composed of a single circular chromosome of 1,144,377 bp, and was sequenced in collaboration with Dr. Ian Toth of the Scottish Crop Research Institute, and Dr. David Longbottom of the Moredun Research Institute.
A manuscript describing the S26/3 has been published: Thomson et al. (2005) The Chlamydophila abortus genome sequence reveals an array of variable proteins that contribute to interspecies variation. Genome Res 15:629-40.
Please address all sequencing and annotation enquiries to Dr. Nicholas Thomson.
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